Former Islanders Goalie Robin Lehner Pays Homage To Long Island With Tattoo

Spent One Season In New York

Alec Gearty
February 06, 2020 - 5:42 pm

Robin Lehner went the extra mile to pay homage to his former home. 

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Lehner, who spent last season with the Islanders, posted a photo of his latest tattoo — an outlined image of Long Island. The 28-year-old posted the ink for his roughly 51,000 followers to see, commemorating the place where he began his "new journey."

"Forever imprinted a place that means the world to me and where I started my new journey," Lehner posted on Twitter. "Tribute to a great place filled with great people. Will forever love the island. Chicago has followed suit."

Lehner was extremely vocal regarding his battle with mental health. He signed a one-year deal with the Islanders prior to the 2018-19 season and documented his personal struggle with alcohol and drug addiction as well as his bipolar disorder. 

"Every day is a battle and each day a new chance to grow as a man," Lehner wrote in a 2018 article for The Athletic. "It is time to take the “crazy person” stamp from bipolar disorder ... And now that I have begun my battle with what’s behind me, it’s time to battle what’s in front of me"

Lehner said most teams were hesitant to offer a contract because of his reputation around the league. He later signed a one-year contract with the Islanders, which led to a third place finish in the race for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top goaltender. 

He won a career-high 25 games in his first season as an Islander. The Swede became a favorite among Islanders fans, which left a strong impression on the goaltender. 

Lehner expressed his willingness to remain with the Islanders — more importantly on Long Island —but he became an unrestricted free agent following last season. He signed with the Blackhawks in July, where he's won 15 games.